Breathe Well: Centre of Research Excellence for Chronic Respiratory Disease and Lung Ageing
Improving the management of chronic respiratory diseases.
The Breathe Well CRE team focuses on better understanding the causes and improving the management of chronic respiratory diseases, with a focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and asthma.
The team focuses on preserving respiratory health in the community from youth to old age, and optimising respiratory health through innovative approaches to detection and therapy.
Lung disease is a significant and growing health issue for many Australians. Approximately 2.1 million Australians have COPD and approximately 2 million Australians have asthma. Our mission is to optimise the health of these Australians and prevent this number from growing in the future.
Specialist Fields and Areas of Investigation
The Breathe Well team research across a number of specialist areas. In the area of Health Services, collaboration occurs through Cochrane as well as the development of self-management strategies for chronic disease. With expertise across epidemiology, immunology and pathology, the team works to understand the natural history of lung disease and the impacts this has on the health of the Australian population. Furthermore, they aim to understand the underlying mechanisms behind the development of chronic airways disease, in particular chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis).
Funding Bodies and Related Organisations
Name: Breathe Well
Research group head:
- Professor Haydn Walters
- Clinical Professor Richard Wood-Baker
- Associate Professor Leigh Blizzard
- Professor Shyamali Dharmage
- Professor Mark Nelson
- Professor Greg Peterson
- Associate Professor David Reid
- Professor Andrew Robinson
- Associate Professor Margaret Cooley
- Associate Professor David Johns
Dr Julia Walters
Phone: +61 3 6226 4798